HC Deb 27 February 1941 vol 369 c629
53. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the shortage of meat, it is still regarded as essential to slaughter not merely all animals affected by foot-and-mouth disease, but also those which have come into contact with such affected animals?

Mr. Hudson

Yes, Sir, but I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that it is only the carcases of animals affected with the disease which are destroyed. The remainder are salvaged for human consumption.

Sir T. Moore

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a substantial divergence of opinion in this country regarding the whole idea of this policy and in foreign countries as regards the practice of the policy? In view of the shortage of food, docs not my right hon. Friend think that even in the carcases that are destroyed there may be some parts useful for food?

Mr. Hudson

The overriding balance of informed opinion in this country is in favour of the policy as carried out.

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